Thurles Sarsfields pulled clear of Kilruane MacDonagh's in the final quarter of their Tipperary SHC opener at Holycross this afternoon.
A Sarsfields scoring surge that yielded 1-8 between the 45th and 60th minutes floored MacDonagh's who fell to a 1-19 to 1-13 defeat.
With Liam Sheedy looking on, Billy McCarthy made an impressive return for Sarsfields after a lengthy absence from a serious knee injury sustained in 2018.
Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy in attendance. ©INPHO/James Crombie.
Kian O'Kelly's goal helped MacDonagh's to a 1-7 to 0-8 interval lead and they maintained it until Sarsfields took over with 15 minutes to go.
In today's other Group 3 tie, Loughmore-Castleiney overcame Moycarkey-Borris 1-22 to 0-17 at Semple Stadium while Seamus Callanan's Drom-Inch done enough to beat Roscrea in Group 1.
Also in Group 1, an injury-time point secured last year's finalists Kiladangan a 1-20 to 3-14 draw with JK Bracken's
Tipperary SHC round 1 results and fixtures
Saturday 25 July
Drom-Inch 2-18 Roscrea 2-16
Kiladangan 1-20 JK Bracken's 3-14
Thurles Sarsfields 1-19 Kilruane MacDonaghs 1-13
Loughmore-Castleiney 1-22 Moycarkey-Borris 0-17
Sunday 26 July
Eire Og Annacarty Donohill v Clonoulty-Rossmore, Semple Stadium, 3pm
Nenagh Eire Og v Holycross-Ballycahill, Semple Stadium, 7pm
Borris-Ileigh v Toomevara, Nenagh, 1pm
Burgess v Upperchurch-Drombane, Dolla, 1pm